Author Archives: jrochkind

“Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist”

From the NYTimes, “Apple Encryption Engineers, if Ordered to Unlock iPhone, Might Resist” SAN FRANCISCO — If the F.B.I. wins its court fight to force Apple’s help in unlocking an iPhone, the agency may run into yet another roadblock:Apple’s engineers. … Continue reading

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Followup: Reliable Capybara JS testing with RackRequestBlocker

My post on Struggling Towards Reliable Capybara Javascript Testing attracted a lot of readers, and some discussion on reddit. I left there thinking I had basically got my Capybara JS tests reliable enough… but after that, things degraded again. But now I think I … Continue reading

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Struggling Towards Reliable Capybara Javascript Testing

You may have reached this blog post because you’re having terribly frustrating problems with Capybara Javascript-driver feature tests that are unreliable in intermittent and hard to reproduce ways. You may think this is a rare problem, since Capybara/JS is such … Continue reading

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A tiny gem: #dig backfill for older rubies

Excited about #dig in MRI 2.3.0?  Want to use it in your gem code, but don’t want your gem to require MRI 2.3.0 yet? I got you covered: https://github.com/jrochkind/dig_rb It’ll add in a pure-ruby #dig implementation if Hash/Array/Struct don’t have #dig … Continue reading

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American Libraries adds Gale quotes in without author’s knowledge

From a blog post by Patricia Hswe and Stewart Varner. TL;DR: Patricia Hswe and I wrote an article for American Libraries and the editors added some quotes from a vendor talking about their products without telling us. We asked them to … Continue reading

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Career change

Today is my last day here at Johns Hopkins University Libraries. After Thanksgiving, I’ll be working, still here in Baltimore, at Friends of the Web, a small software design, development, and consulting company. I’m excited to be working collaboratively with a … Continue reading

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Linked Data Caution

I have been seeing an enormous amount of momentum in the library industry toward “linked data”, often in the form of a fairly ambitious collective project to rebuild much of our infrastructure around data formats built on linked data. I think … Continue reading

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Blacklight community survey: What would you like to see added to Blacklight?

Here’s the complete list of answers to “What would you like to see added to Blacklight?” from the Blacklight community survey I distributed last month.  Some of these are features, some of these are more organizational. I simply paste them … Continue reading

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Blacklight Strengths, Weaknesses, Health, and Future

My Own Personal Opinion Analysis of Blacklight Strength, Weaknesses, Health, and Future My reflections on the Blacklight Community Survey results, and my own experiences with BL. What people like about BL is it’s flexibility; what people don’t like is it’s … Continue reading

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Blacklight Community Survey Results

On August 20th I announced a Blacklight Community Survey to the blacklight and code4lib listservs, and it was also forwarded on to the hydra listserv by a member. Between August 20th and September 2nd, I received 18 responses. After another … Continue reading

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